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Ideologies across Nations: The Construction of Linguistic by Duchêne, Alexandre

By Duchêne, Alexandre

The ebook is a call for participation to a genealogical realizing of the ideological and discursive methods that experience emerged out of the legislation of linguistic minorities matters inside of a world context and, extra accurately, on the United countries. It highlights the contradictions, limits and chances within the elaboration of overseas measures in the universalist framework of human rights. The ebook additionally emphasizes the paradoxes among nationwide pursuits and the elaboration of a global group - paradoxes within which minority matters essentially query the homogeneity of the kingdom. It indicates that regardless of the shift from nationwide areas to foreign ones, the fears of realms for linguistic minorities stay. eventually, the booklet unearths the significance of the copy of the pursuits of geographical regions inside a world association and the replica of strength in the course of the felony administration and rules of minority rights ordinarily, and people of linguistic minorities particularly. via its presentation of the historical past of the United countries, its imaginative and prescient of the security of linguistic minorities, the underlying ideologies that experience emerged, in addition to the boundaries and probabilities of motion, the ebook contributes to a greater figuring out of the complexity of the safety of linguistic minorities and the function of language ideologies inside a global context.

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Specifically, the events that I shall analyze are international instruments, which effectively corresponds to the mode of action favored by the institution. The space, the production and the events of discourse are situated in a dialectic relation. In effect, the spaces of discourse determine the discursive production.

Finally (and the observations I have brought forward above emphasize this), it is essential to ask the following questions: what protections for which minorities, in what states and when? By means of such questioning, I wish to make it clear that the protection of minorities is a phenomenon that is intimately linked to particular contexts, according to particular needs and particular social, political and economic situations. As I have attempted to demonstrate in the two preceding sections, the call for linguistic minority protection not only has a bearing on the question of language, but is also fundamentally included in the processes of minorization.

Ideology is structuring and structured. – Ideology is discursive. – Ideology brings out interests arising from relations of power, of domination and of economic and political issues. It is in terms of these elements that I understand the ideologies of institutions, states and also of language. By “institutional ideology”, I mean – in the context of this work and in line with the definition above – the collection of beliefs that makes the institution function as an entity. These beliefs are constructed according to various basic principles and according to an international and bureaucratic logic.

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